This August, beat the mid-day heat with Sippican Historical Society’s Musical Matinees. On Thursday, August 14, Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor star in the 1952 musical, Singin’ in the Rain. Set during the advent of “talkies,” Don Lockwood (played by Gene Kelly) has risen to stardom during Hollywood’s silent-movie era, and pairs with the stunning but simple-minded Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen). Things get complicated for the silent film production company and cast as they make a difficult transition to sound, adding new performers to the mix. Kelly wore three hats in the light-hearted film, as co-director, co-star and co-choreographer. Singin’ in the Rain topped the American Film Institute’s 100 Years of Musicals list, and is ranked as the fifth greatest American motion picture of all time in AFI’s 2007 list of the greatest American films.
Musical Matinees (which will also include On the Town on Tuesday, August 19 and An American in Paris on Thursday, August 28) will be held in the Front Room of the Marion Music Hall and will begin at 11:00 am. The films are offered free to the public, with no registration required. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch and beverage to enjoy during the film.